Image Credit & Copyright: Ryan Knapp of the Mount Washington Observatory. See below for info and all related links.
On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 the Sun unleashed a pair of coronal mass ejections (CME’s) that subsequently struck Earth on the 11th & 12th. The resulting solar storms rained down on Earth’s Polar Regions, giving many observers in the U.S. and Europe a rare opportunity to view the legendary Aurora Borealis or “Northern Lights.” The ensuing solar storms raised the KP index to a level of KP7 or G3 on the NOAA scale.
Throughout the week I will be displaying some amazing aurora images from this event by a few of what I like to call the “Local Group” of photographers here in my immediate NH, MA, VT & ME region. I truly hope you enjoy them and visit their works as they’re some of the very best at what they do. Also, when it comes to events like this these images are amazing but I urge every one of you to get out and see these events for yourself when possible because you have a finite amount of opportunities to do so in your life.
If you’re interested in viewing the aurora yourself check my short “Aurora Watcher’s Guide” which I just updated on September 14: https://danspace77.com/aurora-guide/
This first image comes from the crew of the Mount Washington Observatory “Home of the World’s Worst Weather” taken on Friday the 12th. According to the website the settings on their Canon 60D were 17mm, f2.8, ISO400 with an exposure time of 15 seconds.
They also have an accompanying time lapse video of the event which shot with a GoPro Hero 2 and a Canon T3i: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bf69enjayjg&feature=youtu.be
Mt Washington Observatory: http://www.mountwashington.org/